Discover WVU - Fall 2019
For more information on Discover WVU, visit the Admissions Discover website.
For the students and families who attend our presentations at Discover WVU events this fall, thank you for coming! Here you can find the helpful information, tips and tricks, and websites shared during the presentation.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. We post scholarship opportunities, money tips, and important reminders that can help students and families stay on track for financial aid, scholarships, billing, and more!
Also see our special Parents page that addresses financial aid topics that parents and families often have questions on.
Click on a topic to view the information from the slides for our Discover WVU presentation:
- What Is the Mountaineer Hub?
- How Will You Hear from Us?
- Basic Information on Common Types of Aid
- Federal Student Aid ID
- Financial Aid Is a Process
- State Aid
- Institutional Scholarships
- Departmental Scholarships
- External (Private) Scholarships
- Scholarship Tips
- Other Funding Options
- Start Getting Some Estimates!
What Is the Mountaineer Hub?Your connection to:
- Student Accounts and Billing
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Student Employment
- Registrar and Academic Records
How Will You Hear from Us?
Emails for financial aid, scholarships, student accounts, and student jobs are sent from the WVU Mountaineer Hub to students’ WVU MIX email.
Students can set their MIX email to forward to their personal email or set it up on their mobile devices. It is crucial that students pay attention to notices from the Mountaineer Hub because they could be about financial aid or a balance due.
Basic Information on Common Types of Aid
- "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
- Most grants based on financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - although some grants have an academic/merit component
- "Gift aid" - usually does not need to be repaid
- Most scholarships are based on academic merit - although some have a financial need component
- Part-time employment opportunity during school
- Based on financial need determined by the FAFSA (must be submitted by the March 1 priority deadline)
- Does not apply to bill; student works and earns a paycheck
- Borrowed aid that must be repaid with interest
- Borrowed from the federal government or a private lender
- Students may be offered limited loans from the government in their name (not based on credit), determined by their FAFSA
- There are also credit-based loans students and parents may apply for from the federal government, institutional or private lenders that can help with educational costs
- Students/parents are not required to take loans, but if a student needs them to achieve their educational goals and invest in their future, a loan is an option to consider. However, only borrow what you need. Live like a college student while in college to keep debt down as much as possible.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the myStudentAid app (download on the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play) or at fafsa.ed.gov
- The FAFSA is how students apply for federal financial aid such as federal grants, Federal Work-Study, and federal loans
- Sometimes other aid requires that a student has a FAFSA on file - such as aid from states, institutions, and private entities - so it's a good idea to submit a FAFSA every year
- The FAFSA must be submitted every academic year for continued aid consideration
- The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 every year for the following academic year
- The 2020-2021 FAFSA requires 2018 tax information. Those are the taxes filed this year, so students are not waiting on 2019 taxes because that's not what they need!
- The priority deadline is March 1, but the sooner the better! Financial aid is a process so students should submit their FAFSA early to allow themselves as much time as possible to go through the process and plan and prepare for the upcoming fall.
- Check with your home state for additional deadlines for state-specific funds
- Helpful sites:
Federal Student Aid ID
- Login created for federal sites
- Created at fsaid.ed.gov
- Needed by both student and one parent
- Used to apply for financial aid with the FAFSA
- It is important that the student and parent sign up for their own. As part of the terms of creating an FSA ID, individuals agree that they will not share their login information and that they are setting up the account for themselves. For full Terms and Conditions as well as other frequently asked questions, see the FSA ID FAQs website.
- Find helpful videos on our Preparing for the FAFSA page
Financial Aid Is a Process
It is important to know that financial aid is a process. A student doesn't just apply for aid and then everything is done. There are almost always additional steps.
- Student completes the FAFSA to apply for financial aid.
- Student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) if they provided an email address. This will show their FAFSA information, estimated federal aid and if there are issues that need corrected.
- WVU notifies the student (via MIX email) if additional requirements are needed - such as correcting their FAFSA, providing missing information on their FAFSA, or submitting additional documentation
- Student makes required updates to the FAFSA or provides requested requirements
- Student is notified of financial aid offer
- Student accepts or declines their financial aid online
- WVU notifies student of additional requirements after aid is accepted (if any)
- Student completes additional requirements (if any), such as entrance counseling and loan agreements (or Master Promissory Notes) for first-time federal loan borrowers
- Aid that is ready to pay (no outstanding requirements) disburses to the student's account around the start of the semester
- Research and apply for aid from your state higher education agency (if available)
- West Virginia residents have various scholarship and grant opportunities via the College Foundation of WV at cfwv.com
- Non-residents of West Virginia should contact their state higher education agency to see if there are state aid options that they can use while attending WVU. Find contact information for your state on the U.S. Department of Education State Contacts website.
- Automatic Review Process: Must be admitted, have your most recent high school transcripts on file, and your most recent ACT and/or SAT test scores on file
- We super-score, which means if a student takes the test multiple times, we take the best score in each section to create a super-score
- Most institutional scholarships may be offered in addition to PROMISE (for eligible West Virginia residents), which means they are considered “stackable” up to the student’s cost of attendance
- February 1 is the deadline to be admitted for consideration for most institutional scholarships. For students eligible to apply for the Bucklew and Foundation scholarships, everything must be on file by January 20 and those students eligible to apply will receive additional information later.
- If a student's GPA increases and they submit new transcripts, or they submit new test scores, those will be reviewed for scholarships (or increases to the student's scholarship offer) until the deadline
- Monitor mountaineerhub.wvu.edu for updates because sometimes scholarship deadlines for admission or updated GPA/test scores are extended
- Visit the Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility
- Apply for scholarship based on program of study
- Some college departments follow the Automatic Review Process (like institutional scholarships), including admission deadlines
- Some college departments require an additional application and have different deadlines
- Visit the Departmental or College Scholarships page for potential options
External (Private) Scholarships
- External scholarships are those students apply for through private entities
- There are various scholarship resources students can explore in their local areas such as:
- High school counselor
- Local businesses
- Alumni associations
- Nonprofit organizations
- Scholarship Search Engines
- Apply early, often and for everything!
- It is in the student's best interest to apply for scholarships themselves
- When using a search engine, narrow it down by searching for major, hobbies, interests, location, heritage, high school and upcoming college enrollment levels (i.e., junior, senior, freshman)
- Beware of scams (requesting Social Security Number, fees for services, and guarantees to win)
- Don’t skip the small stuff!
- Be aware of deadlines (usually early like fall or spring for the following year)
- Keep applying for scholarships throughout your college journey!
- More available on our Tips on Applying for Scholarships page
What if federal, state, and institutional aid don't cover the student's bill? Visit the Other Funding Options page for more options, such as our monthly payment plan.
Start Getting Some Estimates!
Our Net Price Calculator estimates potential financial aid (including institutional scholarships) and costs. The calculator includes direct costs the student will be billed (like tuition and fees) but also includes estimates for indirect costs (like books and personal costs).
Early fall 2019 (preparing for fall 2020):
- Become admitted with your most recent high school transcripts and ACT and/or SAT test scores submitted to Admissions
- Use our Net Price Calculator to start estimating costs and potential financial aid eligibility
- Submit FAFSA
- West Virginia residents submit the PROMISE Scholarship application
- Apply for external scholarships
- For our full timeline, visit our Timeline page which is regularly updated new dates and information become available